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Advance Progress 3 reversible paraglider harness

Advance Progress 3 reversible paraglider harness

Advance have updated their lightweight reversible Progress harness. The Progress 3 has an air-foam hybrid back protector, which uses foam ribs to ensure good protection even before launching.  A versatile harness, its light weight (3.5kg in M size) make it a good hike-and-fly choice, but it is designed for thermal flying, and offers good lumbar […]

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Triple Seven unveil lightweight K-LIGHT, EN-B

Triple Seven unveil lightweight K-LIGHT, EN-B

Triple Seven unveiled the K-Light at the 2017 Coupe Icare. It’s a lightweight version of their EN-B Knight, and a “full kilo” lighter in MS size. The company say the K-Light has the same handling and user-friendliness as the Knight, but is easier to launch, easier to carry and travel with, and has slightly better […]

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Hang glider Base-tube instrument mounts

Hang glider Base-tube instrument mounts

AltAIR, who make the smartphone hang-glider pod featured in issue 180, now supply 3D-printed base-tube brackets to attach them to. The brackets can be made for various base tubes, and are supplied with stainless steel eye-bolts and pins. Now we have brackets for all range of Aeros speedbars (carbon, aluminium and round), WW (carbon and aluminium), […]

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ITV announce Boxer 2: beginner PG and PPG wing

ITV announce Boxer 2: beginner PG and PPG wing

ITV have released the “exceptionally easy” Boxer 2. It’s made for free-flight and PPG beginners, and is EN-A and DGAC certified. With three risers on each side and few lines ITV say it’s easy to sort on launch, and then it’s very easy to launch, too. Despite having long brake travel, ITV say steering is […]

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Apco’s Chairbag V reversible harness

Apco’s Chairbag V reversible harness

Apco have updated their Chairbag reversible paraglider harness, unveiling the Chairbag V. The harness is an open type, with a full-width polycomb lightweight seatboard and Cygnus airbag protection that extends down the back and under the seat. Apco say it has an improved reserve container from which the reserve can be deployed more easily, with […]

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Nova announce lightweight Mentor 5

Nova announce lightweight Mentor 5

The lightweight version of Nova’s EN-B Mentor 5 is out now. It’s 25% lighter than the Mentor 5, and packs down small (with no need for fussy concertina-packing – bonus!) Nova say they see the Mentor 5 Light as an everyday wing, and offer it with the same three-year guarantee as the rest of their range, as […]

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Adventure Pluma featherweight paramotor

Adventure Pluma featherweight paramotor

Adventures’s Pluma foot-launch PPG is made from carbon fibre and weighs just 2.65kg, including mobile swinging arms and cage. Manufactured with technologies used by the aerospace industry, using high-performance lasercut Prepreg (pre-impregnated) carbon fibre processed in an autoclave for a guarantee of quality and strength. The Pluma has passed the resistance test (EAPR) at 15G […]

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Sky Apollo Bi tandem cross-country paraglider

Sky Apollo Bi tandem cross-country paraglider

Sky’s latest tandem, the Apollo Bi, is an EN-C glider for cross-country pilots.  It’s part of Sky’s Sport-Line of wings, and is intended for the recreational rather than the commercial market, so the design priorities were different than for the Metis 3. Designer Alexandre Paux explains: “Traditionally, when I create a tandem glider, I pay a […]

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Apco release NRG Pro II slalom racing PPG wing

Apco release NRG Pro II slalom racing PPG wing

Apco have unleashed the NRG Pro II, their new slalom racing PPG wing. “It’s the rebel brother of the NRG XC II”, they say.   It was designed to be fast and manoeuvrable, and to be flown aggressively for racing round pylons. The NRG Pro II is a full-reflex wing with 2-D steering and HIT […]

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New Cross Country Hitching Signs in the XC Shop

New Cross Country Hitching Signs in the XC Shop

The XC Retrieve Sign will significantly increase your chances of getting home quickly. Basically, it explains that you’re a stranded paraglider pilot and not Norman Bates from Psycho. Invaluable! In tests we’ve found a lot of drivers have picked pilots up who wouldn’t normally stop for hitchhikers, and the sign has made the difference. The […]

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Looping Green and Blue: Independence’s reversible harnesses

Looping Green and Blue: Independence’s reversible harnesses

Independence have updated their reversible lightweight paraglider harness, releasing the Looping Green and Looping Blue. designed for hike-and-fly and thermalling, the Looping Green and Looping Blue weigh just 3.1kg in the M size. The difference between them lies in the harness strap system: The Looping Green has a Get-Up system, where the leg and chest […]

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Advance announce Pi Bi for autumn 2017

Advance announce Pi Bi for autumn 2017

Advance have announced the lightweight Pi will be available in a tandem version – the Pi Bi – from Autumn 2017.  The Bi Pi will be 37m², and will take all-up weights from 100-180kg. The small-packing canopy will weigh just 4.9kg. Designed for hike-and-fly with friends and family Advance say the Pi Bi offers fun, […]

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Skywalk Cult 4 paraglider harness

Skywalk Cult 4 paraglider harness

Skywalk’s new Cult 4 is an all-round paraglider harness. They say it’s an uncomplicated design with lots of inbuilt safety features. It weighs less than 4kg, but Skywalk say it’s made from high-quality and robust materials to ensure a long-lasting product. A new load-distribution frame ensures the pilot is always well supported, and Skywalk say […]

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Ozone Sirocco 2 lightweight PPG wing

Ozone Sirocco 2 lightweight PPG wing

Ozone released the Sirocco 2 full-reflex PPG wing in June 2017. It’s a lightweight version of the Speedster 2, and weighs 1.5kg less on average. It has Ozone’s shark profile, an enhanced internal structure and a new 2D steering system. Ozone say it retains the same levels of comfort, performance, speed and stability as the […]

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Skywalk introduce X-Alps Range 2 harness

Skywalk introduce X-Alps Range 2 harness

Skywalk released the new X-Alps Range 2 harness at the start of the Red Bull X-Alps race 2017. Team Austria 2’s Stephan Gruber took time out to show us the harness during the preparations for the race. The harness features a fully certified blow-up back protection system developed using technologies from kiting and knowhow from Skywalk’s […]

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Video Review: Supair Taska, EN C

Video Review: Supair Taska, EN C

Marcus King test-flew Supair’s first sports class wing, the EN-C Taska, over ten hours in the southern French Alps, and concluded the company had made a wing to be proud of! He also met up with the design team and flew all of the major prototypes that led to the finished product – read about […]

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Polini Thor 130 Evo paramotor engine

Polini Thor 130 Evo paramotor engine

An evolution of the original Thor 130, Polini say the Thor 130 Evo is a more compact and better-performing paramotor engine. They say its hand-made, low-noise exhaust system is more compact, and the new crank case is smaller and more uniform. It can be fitted with either  a Ø 24 bowl carburetor or Walbro WG8. Polini say […]

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Ozone release Ozium 2 lightweight pod harness

Ozone release Ozium 2 lightweight pod harness

Ozone have updated their lightweight pod harness, unveiling the Ozium 2 in June 2017. Designed for adventure flying, the Ozium 2 has been developed with feedback from vol-bivouac adventures and the Red Bull X-Alps, and Ozone say the updated harness is lighter, more comfortable, more customisable, and more user-friendly than its predecessor. They say it’s: An […]

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Gin Bolero 6: entry-level paraglider

Gin Bolero 6: entry-level paraglider

The Bolero 6 is Gin’s latest entry-level paraglider, suitable for schools and cross-country capable. It’s certified LTF/EN-A, and features Gin’s second-generation EPT (Equalised Pressure Technology) which they say improves take-off behaviour, stability and handling. It has long, progressive brake travel and a low stall speed. Gin say the Bolero 6 is: A solid foundation for […]

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Independence release “robust” single-skinner, the Tensing

Independence release “robust” single-skinner, the Tensing

  Independence showed off their new single-skinner, the Tensing, at the Kössen testival in Austria at the end of May 2017.   They describe it as a “sturdy” single-skinner for mountain use – ideal for climb-and-fly or hike-and-fly activities, but it can be thermally and soared too. It’s made from the robust Dominico D20 fabric, with sheathed lower lines […]

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